Terrorist Organisations recruits children as young as 14 years in J&K, reports US State Department
- A US State Department report on human trafficking in India revealed that terrorist groups continue to recruit children as young as 14 years in direct hostilities in Jammu and Kashmir.
- The Congressional-mandated 2020 Trafficking in Persons report of the State Department, released by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, noted that Maoist groups, particularly in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, also forcibly recruited children as young as 12.
- They use little ones to handle weapons and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and in some cases be human shields.
- According to the report, India made significant efforts towards stopping human trafficking in 2019, but did not fully meet the minimum standards.
- The report also stated that Several women and girls formerly associated with Maoist groups reported that sexual violence, including practices indicative of sexual slavery, was a practice in some Maoist camps.
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